China’s QCY has a range of affordable Bluetooth devices available worldwide via online shopping. Today we’re looking at the QCY T1C Bluetooth Earphones, which are completely wireless in the style of the AirPods. The lightweight design costs $46.23, although it’s currently on sale for $20 at Gearbest. To compare, we also have the MPOW Flame Sport which goes head on head with the QCY T1C review in terms of value for money.
Key QCY T1C specs
The QCY T1C Bluetooth Earphones feature auto-pairing, four hours playtime, a Bluetooth 5.0 Realtek chip and weigh in at 40gm. They also ship with a small charging case with an integrated battery. The case can charge the earphones even while disconnected from power, and it gets the job done in two hours.
The auto-pairing feature works as advertised. After the first manual pairing, the earphones automatically pair with my iPhone as soon as I take them out of the charging case. It’s a nice change as I have a huge list of Bluetooth devices and sorting out which is which is a hassle I could do without.
The earpieces are completely untethered to one another, which is great if you don’t like getting tangled up with cables. However, anyone who is prone to losing things may want to steer clear of this design.
Boosted mids and highs
The QCY T1C’s audio response pushes the treble and mids forward quite noticeably. As a result the guitar layers, vocals and melodies are brought forward, while the bass is more of a subtle presence. The low end is there but it’s definitely pushed out of the limelight. The resulting sound works across a range of styles. A lot of hip hop, pop and EDM has massively boosted bass in the mix itself so the bass is still quite audible in popular songs of those styles. The mids are crucial to presenting guitar-based music so the boost in this area works for these styles.
The T1C earpieces are bulky so I found they rub against the inside of my ears. This tendency was the biggest stumbling block of the design for me. If you’re sensitive to that sort of thing I’d probably steer clear.
QCY ship the T1C Bluetooth Earphones with a charging case, three sizes of ear-tip options, a charging cable and a manual. The manual is clearly written and labelled, which is important for a design which only has two buttons. The buttons are on the right and left earpieces and the scheme works using holds, taps and double taps.
The charging case is compact and holds the earpieces in place with strong magnets. The earpieces take a bit of force to dislodge from the magnet, which is good as the case therefore doubles as a storage pouch when you take the earphones out and about.
The charging cable is pretty short at 18.5cm long. It’s the kind of length that can unfortunately leave the case dangling mid-air from a USB port if you need to charge on a desktop PC.
The QCY T1C Bluetooth Earphones verdict
QCY present a pretty solid pair of Bluetooth earphones with the T1C. The auto-pairing and charging case are great inclusions which make the T1C an easy daily wear. The biggest issue for me was the way the bulky earpieces rubbed against my ears. If you don’t think that’ll bother you though, then with the T1C you’d get an easy-to-use, good sounding wireless set of earphones for a bargain price.